Child's food allergy has an adverse impact on parents' personal relationships

In this U.S.-based study, 2945 parents were recruited nationally to complete a web-based survey:

- 52% of parents incorrectly believed young children are at higher risk for fatal anaphylaxis than adolescents

- 85% agreed children should carry an EpiPen

- 91% felt schools should have staff trained in food allergy

- 25% reported food allergy caused a strain on their marriage/relationship

- 40% reported experiencing hostility from other parents when trying to accommodate their child's food allergy

A large proportion of parents reported that their child's food allergy had an adverse impact on personal relationships.

8 top allergens account for 90 percent of food allergies. Specific IgE levels (sIgE) that predict the likelihood of passing an oral food challenge are shown in the figure. (click to enlarge the image).

Food allergy knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs of parents with food-allergic children in the United States. Gupta RS, Springston EE, Smith B, Kim JS, Pongracic JA, Wang X, Holl J. Pediatr Allergy Immunol. 2010 May 14.
Increased prevalence of behavioral problems in children with asthma.
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1 comment:

  1. I am so interested in your last question about food allergies and behavior. I notice our son does act differently from our daughter - but I know that can be normal too! So it's hard to say what is normal! LOL Anyway - he is very well adjusted aside of a few little boy things but it just makes me even more thankful that he has gotten better. Once he started taking his Vidazorb probiotic, his eczema and food intolerances have gotten dramatically better! He still has some allergies but he is MUCH better and we are thankful.